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Fern Lace Cardi (a Kirigami Knitting pattern)

Knitting
April 2010
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 9 - 5.5 mm
630 - 900 yards (576 - 823 m)
32-46
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Sometimes I like to eat dessert first. That’s why this lovely, feminine cardi begins with the bottom lace edging instead of finishing with it. The botanical print of the lace panels create curves in a most flattering way; while the ¾ sleeves and superwash worsted yarn combine beauty with comfort. Following the Kirigami-style of knitting, this cardigan is still essentially a knitted square. It is meant to hang at the hip, and rest open, but feel free to embellish it with a shawl pin, if you like. This pattern uses lace, picked-up stitches, temporary (waste) stitches, wrap & turn short rows, 3-needle seaming, and applied I-cord edges to create an all in one piece garment that is flattering and feminine. Enjoy!

Kirigami knitting was inspired by the wonderful genius of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Bog Jacket, which you can find in the book Knitting Around from SchoolhousePress.com. I highly recommend picking up a copy of your own; not just for the patterns, but for the glimpse into her life. Elizabeth Zimmerman was an amazing knitter, teacher, and designer. Reading her newsletters is like having a Master Knitter in your living room. Her conversational style will inspire you to develop your knitterly intuition as it did for me. 1: http://schoolhousepress.com/